Despite End of Gov’t Shutdown, Consumer Confidence Drops in March

In the latest report on consumer confidence, The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index showed a significant drop in overall confidence in the month of March. The Conference Board characterized this drop as “unexpected.” Economists are taking note of this result … Continue reading

Dramatic Changes in Features New Home Buyers Want (Like Tech)

Outdoor Kitchens & Media Rooms are Out, Walk-in Closets & Programmable Thermostats are In The National Association of Home Builders has completed a comprehensive survey of home builders to learn what features home buyers are asking for in homes being … Continue reading

Economists Predict Rapid Ramp-Up in Residential Construction

We were fortunate enough to receive an invitation from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) allowing us to participate in their annual Fall Construction Forecast presentation, a webinar put on for the benefit of  their members last week. Boy! … Continue reading

Builders Group Holds Mid-Year Construction Forecast Meeting; Economists Cautiously Optimistic

The Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., (ABC) a builders trade association, held their third annual Mid-Year Construction Forecast presentation this week…inviting economists from three industry-related associations to present their outlook on the construction industry. This year, the invited economists included … Continue reading

A Major Housing Starts Surprise – Highest Level in 4 Years

The U.S.Commerce Department released new data today detailing an unexpected uptick in housing “starts” or the number of homes that had begun construction during the month of October. According to the report, starts in October increased to a seasonally adjusted … Continue reading

Builders’ Construction Forecast Event for Media Has Powerful Data & Surprises

On Tuesday, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) held a webinar for the media called the 2012 Mid-Year Construction Forecast with presentations from some of the most powerful industry-related economists with fresh data and forecasts…and some surprises. See new construction … Continue reading

Housing Starts – Start of a New Trend?

The Commerce Department on Tuesday released the latest report on the residential construction market – a key economic indicator for the custom integration market – and…as you might suspect with this uneven recovery we are in…the data showed yet another … Continue reading

For the First Time in Years, Residential Construction Forecast is Optimistic; But Cautiously So

<April 25, 2012> The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) held their annual Spring Construction Forecast webinar for members of the press today, and the organization’s forecasts were decidedly – if cautiously – optimistic. Forecasting rebounding growth in several important … Continue reading

Home Building Pro’s Reveal Changing Design Trends, With Disturbing Tech News

<February 15, 2012> CBS MarketWatch reported today on the changing trends in home design based on research by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Based on a survey of industry professionals, the NAHB shared with CBS how the taste … Continue reading